Mr Giovanni Smet > Stibbe > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile
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Mr Giovanni Smet
Giovanni Smet specialises in Belgian and international tax law, with a particular focus on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and capital markets transactions.
Giovanni has a broad experience in corporate restructuring and financing, investment funds, real estate transactions, financial products, and structured finance. Moreover, he has built up significant expertise in the interpretation and application of international tax treaties, the application for tax rulings, as well as negotiations with tax authorities. He works closely with Stibbe’s financial, corporate, and real estate law experts..
Dutch, French, English
- Master’s degree in Law from Ghent University (2007)
- Master’s degree in Taxation from Ghent University (2008)
- Admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2008
- With the Brussels office of Stibbe since 2008
Lawyer Rankings(Rising stars)
Stibbe‘s tax offering encompasses transactional and funds taxation, real estate, and indirect taxation, as well as transfer pricing issues, with strong domestic and international capabilities thanks to the firm’s Benelux and global platforms. As such, clients include a combination of Belgian and international companies and investment funds, with work including standard M&A, real estate and other asset investments, and capital markets-related work including listings and private placements. The team is led by Wim Panis, a specialist in real estate and indirect taxation, while Henk Verstraete has a strong record in transactional tax, and is active in the funds sector. Counsel Giovanni Smet advises on international tax treaties and transfer pricing. Lizelotte De Maeyer was promoted to counsel in January 2022, and has particular expertise in tax procedure.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Competition: Belgian law
- Dispute resolution
- Fraud and white-collar crime
- Industry focus: Food
- Industry focus: IT and telecoms
- Industry focus: Media and entertainment
- Intellectual property
- Real estate and construction